Aliens help a feisty old New York couple in their battle against the ruthless land developer who's out to evict them.

Director:

Matthew Robbins

Writers:

Mick Garris (story by), Brad Bird (screenplay by) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Hume Cronyn ... Frank Riley
Jessica Tandy ... Faye Riley
Frank McRae ... Harry Noble
Elizabeth Peña ... Marisa Esteval
Michael Carmine ... Carlos
Dennis Boutsikaris ... Mason Baylor
Tom Aldredge ... Sid Hogenson
Jane Hoffman Jane Hoffman ... Muriel Hogenson
John DiSanti ... Gus
John Pankow ... Kovacs
MacIntyre Dixon MacIntyre Dixon ... DeWitt
Michael Greene Michael Greene ... Lacey
Doris Belack ... Mrs. Thompson
Wendy Schaal ... Pamela
José Angel Santana José Angel Santana ... Goon #1 (as José Santana)
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Storyline

A group of tenants in an apartment block are being forced to move out so that it can be demolished. The tenants are reluctant to move, so the developers hire a local gang to 'persuade' them to leave. Fortunately, visiting alien mechanical life-forms come to town. When they befriend the tenants, the aliens use their extraterrestrial abilities to defeat the developers. Written by Rob Hartill

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Five ordinary people needed a miracle. Then one night, Faye Riley left the window open.


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Trivia

Esai Morales was offered a part in this movie and the part of Bob Morales in "La Bamba (1987)" but chose "La Bamba" because he shared a last name with his character from "La Bamba" and he felt a connection with his character in "La Bamba". Ironically, his co-star from "La Bamba", Elizabeth Peña, had a part in this film. See more »

Goofs

When the two machines first appear in the Riley apartment, the toaster is plugged into different sockets. In the first shot, it's in the bottom socket. In the second, the top socket. See more »

Quotes

Frank Riley: [a construction worker is driving a demolition machine towards the cafe] Hey! You ever hear of private property?
Gus: Just coming for a hamburger, Pop.
Frank Riley: Hah! You got alotta nerve. Get your food somewheres else.
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Crazy Credits

During the opening credits, pictures of young Hume Cronyn and Jessica Tandy are shown. This includes their actual wedding photo, since the actors (who often play a married couple on stage or in the movies) were married for decades. See more »

Alternate Versions

When aired on KTLA in 1991, the following scenes were omitted: When Frank attempts to give Faye her medicine; Before Frank asks for somebody to help them, he breaks a vace and kicks a chair; a scene of Carlos and his gang planning; Frank and Faye are reading the newspaper and while one of the spaceships pours them coffee, Faye asks what ever happened to General Eisehower; Harry searches his room for his whistle; While Marissa, Hector and his friends hold a fiesta in the apartment, Mason sits outside and drinks. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Mac and Me (1988) See more »

Soundtracks

Let's Have Another Cup of Coffee
(uncredited)
Written by Irving Berlin
Performed by Jessica Tandy and Hume Cronyn
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when you are desperate you always wish for..
6 June 2002 | by AshokePrabhaSee all my reviews

There is always hope when people are in desperate need of help. Either it may come from the heaven or may not be. But the film is not just with the hope. Its beauty is with characters it has. The mad woman and her husband, the pregnant girl left by the boyfriend, the artist left by the girl friend and a rowdy who is an orphan and longing for somebody who can say "bobbie my little boy". I like it very much. I loved the movie when I was a school going boy ten years ago. I like it the same way now too.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

18 December 1987 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

*batteries not included See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$25,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,326,530, 20 December 1987

Gross USA:

$32,945,797

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$65,088,797
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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